Vatican City, Italy (Italian Republic)
POPE JOHN PAUL LEAVES ST PETER'S BALCONY AFTER ADRESSES PILGRIMS IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE.
Pope John Paul II leaves the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica after his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square December 25. The 79-year-old Pontiff issued a clear attack on abortion and called for a ban on the senseless use of weapons. In his message, the Pope said that humanity had much to regret about past centuries and urged the world to look to God's truth to avoid making more mistakes.